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Water crisis has lessons for Michigan

August 28, 2014
Daily Press

Who would have thought that in 2014 a major American city, located in the midst of the world's largest freshwater resource, could lose its drinking water due to a contamination scare? Yet that's just what happened earlier this month in Toledo, Ohio, where 400,000 people served by the city's water system had to go without municipal water for two days due to the presence of a toxin produced by algae in Lake Erie. It's almost impossible that such a scenario could play out in Lake Michigan, but the Toledo crisis offers some environmental lessons we, in West Michigan, should keep in mind.



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